Johnny Yungut's wife TJINTJINTJIN, 2007

Important Fine Art + Aboriginal Art
2 December 2015


(c.1946 – 2014)
Johnny Yungut's wife TJINTJINTJIN, 2007

synthetic polymer paint on linen

183.0 x 244.0 cm

inscribed verso: artist's name, size and Papunya Tula Artists cat WN0705053

$40,000 – 60,000
Sold for $48,800 (inc. BP) in Auction 41 - 2 December 2015, Sydney

Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
Private collection, Melbourne

Catalogue text

This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artists which states: ‘This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole and cave site of Tjintjintjin, just to the west of the Kintore Community in Western Australia. The shapes in this painting depict the geographical features in the area through which an old woman, Kutungka Napanangka, passed during her travels from Malparingya in the north-west. At this site Kutungka knew of an ancestral kunia (snake) that lived underground. She proceeded to dig a hole in search of the kunia, eventually locating and killing it. She then cooked and ate it before continuing her travels east of Muruntji, south-west of Mt. Liebig. At Muruntji she was accosted by one of a group of boys so she chased them and caught all but the culprit who managed to escape. She killed the others and cooked them in a fire. She then travelled to Kaltarra where she entered the earth.’